Rugby – Section Paloise: “I play rugby for the emotions”, Vincent Pinto’s message

No way. Of course I had asked for hopes in mind and among them the XV of France. But the rest of my career was a bit complicated. I was lacking playing time with Pau. And during this period, Sam Marques told me about the Portuguese project and the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup. I jumped at the chance. And now I’m…

No way. Of course I had asked for hopes in mind and among them the XV of France. But the rest of my career was a bit complicated. I was lacking playing time with Pau. And during this period, Sam Marques told me about the Portuguese project and the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup. I jumped at the chance. And now here I am…

Was it difficult to give up at the XV of France?

Honestly, no. I am going through a somewhat complicated period. When we don’t play, we have no visibility. A career is fragile. I needed to pick up the pace: the Portuguese team gave me this opportunity last year. And that really revived me.

With this qualification, you have experienced an incredible moment in a career: that, you would not have experienced with the Blues.

I play rugby for the emotions. With the Section I had a victory in Clermont, the joy of winning in La Rochelle. There, it was further multiplied. And then this qualification made me feel good. By the simple fact of replaying after a thumb injury at the start of the season at Supersevens which deprived me of playing time. I came back to La Rochelle with a big game, I chained three good games with victories too . I come home pumped up. It strengthens my motivation. I remember my preparation in 2019 for the U20 World Cup: when we get up in the morning, we always have this goal in mind. I have 7-8 months to prepare like crazy.

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As you are at the end of your contract with the Section, is this objective also an asset?

I don’t know if it will give a boost to my career. I hope. In any case, it motivates every morning to go and train for bodybuilding or training. A World Cup is a dream and it can only serve me.

The challenge is to quickly switch to everyday life?

It was during the first hours. It was 35 degrees in Dubai, here it was raining… I have to get back into the swing of things. But I have no problem training hard. And mentally I’m conditioned to go all out.

It’s a huge goal that stands before you…

Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia. What beautiful matches with nations that we are not used to meeting. On a raised hen, we will show the qualities that we have been trying to put in place with the team for a while. We have already had very good matches against big nations: we recently drew against Georgia at home, there we also lost a breath. We started talking about it with Beka (Gorgadze), Papi (dze) too… Against Italy we were also up to it. It’s encouraged. We are coming out of a good Tournament B. I think we will be able to compete.

After this U20 title, was there a decompression, turns that you were unable to manage?

I do not know. A career is worthless. Maybe I wasn’t always lucky. After the U20 title I played a lot but the Covid ended the season when I was at 14 games. The following season, I have small glitches but I still play ten matches. Then the staff changes, the cards are redistributed. Last year I did a season without injury, mentally it did me good. Now I’m at the end of my contract, I haven’t had an interview yet. Everything is open. we’ll see what the future holds for me. But I hope to be fixed quickly. Uncertainty is not pleasant.

Before qualifying with Portugal, there was this victory in La Rochelle with a very good game on your part: could the period sound like a click for you?

At Deflandre that day, I had no choice but to play a good match: I had injured my thumb, I was coming back before returning to the national team. I retired, I scratched a good ball, offensively it went well. Besides, we win. It did me good. There is everything to write a good year 2023. Things have to change quickly.

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